Sunday, September 13, 2009

-- Taste for Thai --

A friend of mine introduced me to a small Asian market where you can find a huge variety of noodles, vegetables, sauces and other great ingredients used in Asian cuisine. I have to admit its probably one of my favorite types of food, so I try to make dishes often at home that are inspired by these flavors.
I wanted to make a quick and easy dish using mostly pantry staples. A bag of frozen tail on shrimp that I always keep around, some udon noodles, peanut butter and some snow peas for added crunch worked well together.

Here is the recipe:

Thai Peanut Noodles with Shrimp and Snow Peas

1 small package of Udon noodles
10 medium sized shrimp, thawed
1 handfull of snow peas
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil

1/4 cup teriyaki sauce
1/2 teaspoon chili paste
2 tablespoons peanut butter
3 tablespoons hot water
1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
1 teaspoon rice vinegar

Cook noodles, drain and set aside.
Using a whisk, mix all the sauce ingredients in a bowl.

Add 1 teaspoon of sesame oil to a large skillet on medium-high heat. Add garlic, sautee briefly and then add shrimp. Cook until shrimp are almost done and then add the sauce mix. Turn heat to med-low; add noodles, snap peas and combine with sauce and shrimp mix.

Squeeze 1/4 of a lime over the noodles. Serve with chopped cilantro, additional lime and crushed peanuts.
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